It is hard to forget an amazing place like this.
Never miss a game at the Siam Country Club and the other wonders of Pattaya, Thailand.
Few golfers need much persuasion to play a round of golf in Thailand and with the beachside resort destination of Pattaya being less than 90-minute’s drive from Bangkok’s Suvarnahhumi Airport, a weekend’s golf looks even more appealing.
Stay an extra day and play all three 18-hole championship courses (plus an additional nine holes at the Plantation) at the expansive Siam Golf Club Pattaya located just a short distance inland from the Gulf of Thailand. The Old Course here is the one everyone wants to play but neither the Plantation nor the Waterside Courses are to neglected.
For golfers who have time on their hands, the eastern seaboard of Thailand is really blossoming as a golf destination as it has 28 courses available to play.
The Old Course of 7,162 yards off the black tees is the PGA course which first opened in 1971 but reopened in 2007 after a Schmidt-Curley renovation. Its signature hole is the 422-yard ninth which is a gently rising hole leading up to a hill with a Buddha structure on top. Naturally, this is the hardest of the courses to get a tee-off time so make advanced books to ensure a slot.
Opened in 2008, the Plantation Course features 27 holes (par 108) and is more hilly and challenging than the Old Course. There is no water on the course but it’s the contoured fairways that make its so challenging.
Siam Country Club’s newest course is the Waterside which received its first golfers in May 2104. This is a great course for those new to the game with the red tees ensuring everyone has a leisurely but enjoyable game. However, it’s not as easy as it looks as wind comes into play around those holes close to the lake and golfers teeing off from the blue tees will find their game to be very challenging especially the signature, par five, hole eight of 618 yards.
Caddies and buggies are mandatory for all golfers and the facilities at each course are superb with locker rooms, food and beverage outlets (open 6am to 7pm), practice greens and chipping areas plus pro shop. An academy and driving range are situated at the Waterside.
If 63 holes were not enough, construction of a fourth 18-hole course has just commenced and is planned to be completed by early 2020.
Being a resort destination, Pattaya offers almost everything from dining, island hopping, watersports, shopping, bars, reflexology, cultural shows and attractions. Some highlights include – Silverlake Winery, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, KAAN (indoor Thai entertainment extravaganza) and The Sanctuary of Truth (a gigantic complex comprising thousands of carved wooden sculptures).
The spa in the nearby AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa offers a refreshingly different spa experience that feels pure, contemporary and totally relaxing. Treatments are based upon the guests’ desired outcome and are designed to boost, calm, balance and purify. The AVANI Signature Touch massage combines a soothing oil massage with stretching techniques that focuses on the shoulders, upper arms and upper body sides. The spa is open daily from 10am until 10pm.
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN
Pattaya is an international destination with an enticing array of local and international cuisines plus an extensive of affordable beverages. Golfers can now eat at the world’s first Michelin-starred street food stall, Hawker Chan (from Singapore) on the ground floor of Royal Garden Plaza shopping complex.
Not surprisingly, there are many Thai restaurants in this resort city. Sala Rim Nam in the spacious gardens of the AVANI Resort has a magical setting beneath towering coconut palms, frangipani trees and a skyful of stars. The restaurant
is perched on a wooden platform above lotus-lined ponds. The cuisine is as good as the ambiance with specialty dishes of prawn tom yum, glass noodles with seafood and soft shell crab curry.
Nearby, the food at Benihana is without equal but what sets it apart from other Japanese restaurants is the way the food is served. Teppanyaki counters are the focus for what is known as the Benihana ‘eatertainment’ spectacle with all the best theatrics of Japanese hot plate cooking. Benihana has just relocated from its longstanding Royal Garden Plaza position to a first floor location at the beachfront entrance to the AVANI Resort.
Experience the liveliest Irish hospitality at Dicey Reilly’s with its nightly live music and dining specials including fish n’ chips, woodfired pizzas and hot dogs. Sunday from noon to 4pm is a special time with a carvery of three different roasts including roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. While many beverages from Irish whisky to cocktails and wines are served, Dicey Reilly’s is a pub and draught beer, stout and cider such as Guinness, Magners, Chang and Tiger are served along with various others by the bottle. Beer towers for local beers are popular especially during happy hours from 8pm to 10pm when they are competitively priced. Free wi-fi and pool are offered along with live sports action on several television monitors as well as a big screen for football, rugby, rugby league, F1 and American football.